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    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    WIND DRIVING OUT OLD ENERGY IN THE HEARTLANDS

    Higher wind generation in the Southwest Power Pool is reducing use of baseload capacity

    September 5, 2013 (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

    "Because of growing output from wind generators, the value and use of electric baseload capacity is declining in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP)…[T]he use of baseload capacity, which [typically includes nuclear and coa] units that run near full capacity at all times…has come down in each of the last three years in SPP, as wind generation has supplanted [it]…Wind generating capacity in SPP doubled between June 2010 and June 2013, from 3.4 gigawatts (GW) to 6.8 GW…[and the] hourly difference between total demand and wind output has [also declined]…” click here for more

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